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Grateful Dead Live at Gruga Halle on 1981-03-28

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Grateful Dead Live at Gruga Halle on 1981-03-28

Topics Live concert

Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told-> Sugaree, Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues, Shakedown Street, Little Red Rooster, Althea-> Looks Like Rain-> Deal Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> The Other One-> Drums**-> Not Fade Away*-> Wharf Rat*-> Around & Around*-> Good Lovin'*, E: One More Saturday Night*

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Gruga Halle
Location Essen, Germany

Source Soundboard - FM
Lineage stereo FM -> reel master -> DAT -> CDWAV -> SoundForge -> CDR, with other FM patches


stereo FM -> reel master -> DAT -> CDWAV -> SoundForge -> CDR, with other FM patches; via Hanno Bunjes et al; see info file for detailed notes; Hanno's notes


Reviewer: AugustEast76 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2016
Subject: It's like Christmas in August!
The Setup: Aug 31st 2016 West Central Florida- There's one hurricane that's guaranteed landfall tonight and two more powerful tropical storms right behind it. As people scatter to get supplies I just make sure I have new shoes to listen to if the power goes out (possibly 2-4 weeks w/o power). I'm just punching random dates in the Archives and listen to one random track and download the show if I like the track. Once I'm done downloading 6-7 shows I'll make sure the dog has what she needs to get througb 3 Hurricanes and then I'll start thinking about myself. My priorities have never been in better arrangement! I feel good..
Anywhoo...I had NO IDEA that 1981 produced such brilliance from the boys. I cringe at the thought ofmost of "the coke" years. I cannot get over this "Ship of Fools"...
That perfectly imperfect perfection which is that crackle in JerBears voice is just so moving. Jerry had to be injecting helium into his fingers on nights like this cuz they are so light. Floating across the fret board like 5 little plump balloons. I could go on and in but I got some Hurricanes to get ready for! That makes me wonder...did they ever cover Dylan's Hurricane? About to find out. Farm Out People! Right Arm!
Reviewer: Boobounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2016
Subject: Good Lovin'
I've always had a soft spot for this song. Back in the 1980's, this was my go-to tape for a great rendition.
Reviewer: cubsgirl1825 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2015
Subject: The Other One documentary
This version of Shakedown is featured on The Other One documentary and for good reason. Out of this world!
Reviewer: kbmill - - July 7, 2015
Subject: bread crumb
A mid-set Shakedown Street has to be highly unusual. There are 77 first set Shakedown's and my random sampling has revealed only show openers. Oh how I wish deadlist had a more robust search engine.
Reviewer: MtManbytheSea - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2015
Subject: Anyone know where I can find a DL?
I'd like to add this to my collection, anyone know of a download for this show?
Reviewer: Kutsavi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2014
Subject: 3-28-1981 Video
Great show, total agreement with those noting Althea, Shakedown, and Sugaree as special. I don't see that anyone has posted this link yet, so here's a vid of the entire show - 3 hours and 22 minutes worth; great sound too:
Reviewer: tacurtis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2014
Subject: Immense
I love any time the boys went Shakedown->Little Red Rooster. And to add THAT Althea on to the end, wow, what a smoking sequence. Really decent sound on this recording, too.
Reviewer: 4and20blackbirds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2014
Subject: Best Althea, Best Shakedown
This is definitely one for your permanent collection. If I ever hear a better Althea or Shakedown, I truly worry that my head might explode.

Sugaree connoisseurs ought to try the Dick's Picks #3 (May, 22 1977).
Reviewer: dc in colorado - - January 1, 2014
Subject: rockpalast 81
some pretty tasty playing here. althea and sugaree are a stand out renditions. youtube has some pretty decent quality videos of most of this concert, all chopped up into separate tracks.

townshend "sits in" late in the show but he contributes practically nothing. he seems lost and he ends up basically standing there watching the boys play.
Reviewer: lackinginsomedirection - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2012
Subject: Greatest althea/shakedown ever
The althea in this song may possibly be the best song ive ever heard. The shakedown street was also a great one.
Reviewer: AndyBear - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2012
Subject: One of my favorite 50 shows...
So hard to call things "best ever" cause it changes day to day for me...but I'd put this solidly in the top 50 shows...and is one I come back to again and again. Love the Shakedown, the Sugaree, the whole first set is pretty sweet. Second set has some nice highlights and they really get intense a few times, but there isn't consistency enough to make this a top 25...
Reviewer: dgmaffucci - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2010
Subject: Plenty Shaking on Shakedown Street
Hands down best Shakedown ever! My personal favorite Europe show! Recording is a near perfect blend of AUD and SBD! A must have!
Reviewer: John Bouffard - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2010
Subject: I came across an empty space.......
Just watched this whole video and it smokes! Sugaree, Shakedown, Other One, NFA if I was skilled enough I would upload it to my computer and let all watch it. Jerry's voice and guitar sound so good in 81. I think they started to speed it up a little?
Reviewer: The TRUE Bucky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2009
Subject: Can't Hear Townsend?
You people need to listen more carefully.....

You can hear Pete T playing hard & clear as they go into NFA - awesome! One of the best NFA of the early (or late) 80's. The Estimated id great & TOO - well you just have to hear it. The best TOO of 1981 & quite a ride skipping through the lilly fields. The post=TOO space is short but very sweet. For a totally regular show srtlist-wise, this one is tough to beat.

AS for it being about equal to 6/21/84, you have got to be kidding me. There is NOTHING from 1984 that even comes near this show.....

Jerry was so jonsed out in 1984, you can barely hear him most of June. Check out Sarotoga or that Montana show where they do TOO > Wharf Rat > Miracle ? Dew. You can barely hear Jerry's guitar - And please don't tell me it was the tapes as I was there & experienced the decline in person.
Reviewer: Wilson106 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2009
Subject: Rockplast
maybe this is a dumb question but how can i store this on a cd for my library or is it for sale somewhere?? This show is incredible
Reviewer: candyman09 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 16, 2009
Subject: First new morning with Jerry!
at this time i was 20 years old, am im looking TV
early in the morning, and a warm feeling of happiness swall around my body. The Sugaree here is my favourite version, te break before 3`rd verse is unbelievable.
Reviewer: Chadim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2009
Subject: A Great Show
That was the first show I saw, and then went into lots of other musical venues, now in the last couple of years I've listened to loads of different Dead Shows from all years. And yes, they are all different, but I refuse to say one is better then the other - it is good we had them and that we're able to enjoy such vast number of excellent Concerts. And yes, sometimes they were more on then othertimes, but hey, again there is no other Band as the Grateful Dead ever!
Now, this show.
I've seen it and had it taped from Radio in 81. It has always been one of my favorites.
A smokin' 1st set with powerful renditions, a superb Sugaree, Shakedown,Rooster and Deal. Jerry gives two soaring Solos in Deal...
2nd Set:
Start to finish absolutely brilliant playing, with outstanding versions of Althea, LLR, Ship of Fools, Estimated, He's Gone, NFA, Wharf Rat.
Yes, Pete T. didn't do much, but he didn't hurt either.
And the long Drums - well, I guess you really have to see it, with the Flying Karamazov Bros. - if you like juggling then thats a real treat.
Hokay, thanks for listening, and I can only recomend this show!!!
Reviewer: gilamonster58 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2009
Subject: Interesting Tidbit
According to Justin Kreutzmann: "Pete said that sitting in with the Dead at Rockpalast was hard because he was having the chords shouted at him. He was also surprised at having trouble keeping up at some points because he thought the Dead never rehearsed".
There's no doubt that Jerry (and Bob for that matter) wipe the stage floor with him here. Still, a very solid show, especially the first set and Estimated>He's Gone in the second.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2009
Subject: whats with europeans and clapping
they must really like clapping or somthing cause ive heard other boards where they do the same thing. on 4/14/72 at the tivoli koncertsal they start doing the "encore clap" after like the first song and you hear phil telling them that they dont have to clap like that after every single song because they will keep playing no matter they keep doing it after every song the whole show.

this show has its highlights and is a fun listen.
does anyone know if this was the Rockpalast Festival or was it just a regular Rockpalast Television boradcast?
Reviewer: GDAEN - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2008
Subject: Complete 19810328 video
The complete 19810328 video is available
through the FurthurNET - at least until
our beloved Grateful Dead try to shut down
the FurthurNET (FN). The video @ FN is, however,
low quality. I have just come into 2 high quality
avi files - one for each set. I have tried to
contact the FN to add these video files
to the FN but have not been able to contact FN
through chat or the forum. In any case anyone
who can arrange for me to contribute these
two avi files to the FN, please reply/advise.
Fare thee well now ...
Reviewer: magicarpetride08 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2008
Subject: Top notch Dead!
I think that says it all...
Reviewer: august_west420 - - March 28, 2008
Subject: bad recording?
I'm surprised this show hasn't gotten more good reviews. I searched this one down after seeing INCREDIBLE videos of Sugaree and The Other One on YouTube. The Sugaree, in particular, sounded like an all-time version. The Shakedown wasn't bad either.

Anyway, people should check out YouTube. Some really, really good and rare videos from this show.
Reviewer: cHE13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2007
Subject: wishful thinking
Good show Dirk, yes, best show ever...sorry...:)
Reviewer: Dirk Stursberg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2006
This is definitely the best GRATEFUL DEAD show they have ever played. It was a fantastic night. The Grugahalle in Essen was rocking. I`ve seen this show live. And it changed my life. It seems, that the GRATEFUL DEAD played always better outside the USA. Especially the shows in Germany are the most terrific ones. GREAT SETS, GOOD SOUND QUALITY. Don`t miss it.
Reviewer: BeholdtheLambofGod - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2005
Subject: gutienhiemen
After Furthur in 98 we drifted from s.f. to oregon and made our way back east. while on the coast i found a video of this first set in a surf shop on Jersey's Board walk- it rocks.
Reviewer: Thunderman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2005
Subject: Great for the Sugaree
I think this is probably the best 80's sugaree, it is pretty incredible..... it is actually so sweet that it brings tears to my eyes!
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 31, 2005
Subject: sound nicht zehr gut
The show itself seems pretty reasonable, energetic, but the sound is sort of tinny and echoey(?) at least compared to what we usually get from a SBD. What comes to mind is 6-21-84, and it's a bit better than that, but distracting all the same. Picky, picky. Townshend doesn't add all that much, and I only really hear him on NFA. Nice and fast Good Lovin', OMSN. Interesting, but not a must have. 4 for the show, 3 for the sound.
Reviewer: JonnyJFunk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2005
Subject: well
great show, but europeans clap too much. it really distracts me from the actual music being played sometimes

show-4 stars

ill give it a 4
Reviewer: nyc oldie - favorite - January 25, 2005
Subject: Ordinary, at best
Too much fun in Europe for Jerry and Pete
Reviewer: nathalie - favoritefavorite - January 22, 2005
Subject: overated
Maybe my expectations were too high, but this was ,imho, an uninspired dissapointment. A very nice shakedown can't compensate for some pretty lousy sound quality. Maybe '81 was a good yr to stay domestic
Reviewer: Rabbi Meyer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2004
Subject: Why A Fan?
I had an edited first set tape (started up with the Sugaree) since 1984 and always played the Sugaree then Shakedown St. for people who asked me why I was a Dead fan. Now I've heard the entire first set and didn't miss too much without the Getaway/Greatest Story (promising but not delivering). Also love the Little Red Rooster (Brent is terrific on organ). I've also streamed the 2d set and am perplexed about what was going on (probably should give it another listen). Great First Set alone makes this one a must have.
Reviewer: Albix714 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2004
Subject: Rockpalast '81
This show is awesome. I remember having the bootleg in the mid eighties and loving it then. The post drumz Jamming is sssssick!
Reviewer: gganter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2004
Subject: Pre Drums!
I agree that the post drums is not very impressive. For me, the first set has always seemed a gem. A really slick Greatest Story--listen to Garcia move very deliberately through his effects as he shapes his solos. The Shakedown is really tight and strong. Amazing version of Deal--Garcia virtually breaks into Other One-style solos. I also really liked the Samson Estimated etc before drums. Quality playing.
Reviewer: muzzard67 - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2004
Subject: Townshend
If I remember right, not the greatest show. I bought a bootleg video of this show in England and was not impressed. The Who opened and Pete Townshend sits in with the band on NFA, Wharf Rat, and Around and Around.
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